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Grant from Mississippi Transportation Commission to help finish sidewalk

The Board of Alderman on Tuesday approved a request to activate a project that would finish sidewalks along Bramlett Boulevard from University Avenue to Jefferson Avenue.

This request came after the Mississippi Transportation Commission, part of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, approved the city’s grant application, and awarded Oxford $167,000 for the project.

The only stipulation that came with the grant, which funds were provided by the Federal Transportation Alternative, was the city has to match 20 percent of the grant, which equals $41,805.

In a report from Oxford’s Development Services, the department didn’t budget for this project because they believed the period to receive grant funding from the MTC and FT had passed.

The report states there is a small balance in the capital overlay budget for miscellaneous projects, and funds to match the 20 percent requirement can come from there.

In approving the request, the city also approved the hiring of Elliott & Britt, a civil engineering firm which has offices in Oxford, to provide engineering services for the project.

Mayor Robyn Tannehill also took time to mention the late Rebecca Moreton, who served on the Oxford Pathways Commission and advocated for projects such as this.

“I know Becky is smiling,” Mayor Tannehill said during Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

Construction on the project is not expected to begin until the next fiscal year.